Urine infection refers to an infection that can occur in any part of the bladder system, such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
Antibiotics are usually the primary treatment for urinary tract infection. Which medicines are prescribed and for how long depends on your health condition and the type of bacteria found in your urine.
Commonly recommended antibiotics medicine for simple UTI (Urinary Tract Infections) include:
- Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, others)
- Phosphomycin (Monroe)
- Nitrofurantine (macrodentine, macrobid)
- Cephalexin (Keflex)
The group of antibiotics which is known as fluoroquinolones - such as ciprofloxacin (Cipro), levofloxacin (Levaquin) and others - is not generally recommended for simple UTIs, as the risks of these drugs are generally unclear. There are benefits for treatment. In some cases, such as a complicated UTI or kidney infection, your doctor may prescribe a fluoroquinolone medication if no other treatment options exist.
Often, symptoms become apparent within a few days of treatment. But you may need to continue antibiotics for a week or more. Take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed.
For a straightforward UTI that occurs when you are otherwise healthy, your doctor may recommend a shorter course of treatment, such as taking an antibiotic for one to three days. But whether this short course of treatment to treat your infection depends on your particular symptoms and medical history.